KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Fifth grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh grader Kush Sharma have spelled dozens of words properly, and neither is close to the end of the journey to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
After 66 rounds in Jackson County, Missouri, the two spellers are still tied.
They went through all of the words provided by Scripps, plus some bonus words, according to the “Kansas City Star” newspaper.
The paper says Kush spelled “scherzo,” “fantoccini” and “intaglio.” Sophia nailed “schadenfreude,” “mahout” and “barukhzy.”
The two finalists will face each other in another round in March.
The winner can represent the county at Scripps National Spelling Bee.